Top Chef Recap: 8/22

This week's Top Chef shows us a lesson: there is simply no room for error. A continuation of last week's Restaurant Wars elimination challenge, Top Chef this week was definitely not pretty.

The Quickfire Challenge required each chef to compete against each other. It was a Mise en Place Relay Race, and apparently the saying "slow but steady wins the race" did not apply here.

Casey caused her team to lose by slowly dicing away, giving Team Garage the title of winner this week. She taught us that, each challenge is only given an extremely short amount of time for a reason, and the chefs need to use that time wisely.

Team Garage this week also received a little help from designer Christopher Ciccone, who happens to be Madonna's (yes, the Madonna) younger brother.

Ciccone had no problem saying what was on his mind, that's for sure. By telling Dale that his lamb "tasted like metal" and exclaiming that "if that's a vegetable medley, I'm a monkey," he let everyone know exactly what was he was thinking.

For the elimination challenge, Team Quatre knew they had to revamp much of their menu, which they did. To both the guests' and the guest judge Geoffrey Zakarian's delight, the menu turned out deliciously appetizing, a huge improvement from last week.

Unfortunately, we can't say the same for Restaurant April. Overconfidence and carelessness resulted in the judges enjoying the wine more than the food.

Sara M., Restaurant Quatre's head chef, received her first elimination challenge win for Team Quatre. At this point in the game, a first win is always a tear jerker.

Sad but true, as said earlier, at this point in the game, there is simply no room for error. Turns out overconfidence and carelessness won't just lead the cheftestants to the usual reprimand, but to elimination.

The judges can't waste time now, and they evidently don't take into consideration how well the cheftestant did or has done in the past. Say bye to Tre, everyone.

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